Even though views on disability grow increasingly positive, some of the toughest challenges faced by blind and partially sighted people today still arise with employment.
Whether people are working towards promotions, or seeking their first paid roles, grave inequalities in pay and job satisfaction still persist.
For those fresh to job-seeking, it’s often tougher still. Blind and partially sighted people often find breaking myths about sight loss during recruitment processes more daunting than the prospect of the job itself.
The net result is that approximately 33% of working age blind and partially sighted people find themselves in gainful employment. Despite constant tech innovations, and household names proving workplace productivity is achievable for people with sight loss, this estimated percentage is currently going down. To make matters worse, the employment rate of blind and partially sighted people compares unfavourably with that of disabled people generally, which stands at around 50%.
At London Vision we find a little knowledge goes a long way. The first key point is that blind and partially sighted teachers, bankers, therapists, lawyers, management consultants, academics, artists, actors, you name it, undoubtedly exist at every level of experience.
Whatever you do and wherever you do it, we hope you will see how this is possible in these pages. More importantly, we hope you will become more at ease with the idea of potentially taking someone with sight loss into your team or organisation.
If we can’t help, we’ll point you to those who can.
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Visit this page to learn what some of those commonly heard sight loss terms mean